Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Post-Saddam Iraq, is still a shitehole of a nation, informed by the religious zealotry of Islam. I know such a harsh characterization riles many people on both the left and the right who want to embrace Islam as an equal partner to Christianity but as long as Islamic nations are executing gays and lesbians in the name of Allah, don’t ask me to participate in your kumbaya view of faith.
According to IRAQI LGBT, a UK based organization of Iraqis supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iraq, urgent action is needed to halt the execution of 128 prisoners on death row in Iraq. Many of those awaiting execution were convicted for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality.
Mr. Ali Hili of IRAQI-LGBT reports Iraqi authorities plan to start executing them in batches of 20 from this week.
“We have information and reports on members of our community whom been arrested and waiting for execution for the crimes of homosexuality. Iraqi LGBT has been a banned from running our activities on Iraqi soil.”
From the same report:
“Death penalty has been increasing at an alarming rate in Iraq since the new Iraqi regime reintroduced it in August 2004. In 2008 at least 285 people were sentenced to death, and at least 34 executed. In 2007 at least 199 people were sentenced to death and 33 were executed, while in 2006 at least 65 people were put to death. The actual figures could be much higher as there are no official statistics for the number of prisoners facing execution.”
Is this part of why former president George Bush was hell bent to remove and replace Saddam Hussien from power, sending more than 4,400 U.S. solders to their deaths in the process, so Iraq could commence a systematic attack on gays and lesbians for the “crime” of homosexuality?